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Life drawing / changing workshop

This is my slides for the GOOD100 + you workshop that took place in Hong Kong Paperclip with Rachel Chan, on the invitation of GOOD HK Chapter leader Maggie Lin.  Thanks to all for coming !

That’s a 20 minutes video that explains the process in more details :)

Protei TED talk slides

Here are the slides of my TED talk in a Google presentation format. Thanks so much for watching it.

The TED Talk (from the TED official website)

If you want to embed THE SLIDESHOW :

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Association pour le Progrés du Management APM Marseille, France

A few days ago, I was lucky to be invited to speak in front of about 3000 leaders at the bi-annual APM gathering in Marseille on the topic “Renaissance & Entrepreneurship, New Ways». The organization was seamless, the stage and screens gigantic, the audience smart and enthusiastic. I loved it. I was there as a young tech / green entrepreneur using innovative methods to reach an international audience. I was honored to share the stage with amazing intellectuals such as Jacques Attali, Serge Soudoplatoff, Pierre-Marie Lledo, Axel Kahn, Florence Servan-Schreiber, Cynthia_Fleury, Jean-Francois Noubel and more.
My 3 key themes were :

  1. Innovation, the shape shifting hull and modular sailing drone
  2. Open Hardware for the Environment, inviting company leaders to change how they approach intellectual property
  3. Global collaboration, to solve world pressing problems

I presented more than 200 slides with many videos and several people asked me to post my presentations : they are below. You can flick through the slides and simply click the links on connected articles / sources / videos.

Pleinière (12 minutes, ˜3000 people)

#1 Entreprendre pour l’environnement (45 minutes, ˜90 people)

#2 Crowd Sourcing (45 minutes, ˜90 people)

#3 Open hardware pour l’Environnement (45 minutes, ˜90 people)

#4 Océans espace d’Opportunités (45 minutes, ˜90 people)

I really enjoyed sharing my experience during this event, the many smart & difficult questions, the great conversations. I want to send a special thanks to Marc Tirel (for introduction), Fleurke Combier (from APM), Marion Chapsal (coach Yves Rajaud and all the workshop animators – you have been amazing. Also great thanks to my agent who has organized all the logistics of the event, the magic Lavin Agency.

It was my first time in Marseille, I loved the classic small yachts in the Vieux Port.
work in Marseille old port.

Even If I must admit, I did not take much time out of my hotel room :)
work in Marseille old port.

I will come again. The adventure continues!

Protei at ARS Electronica Alhóndiga Bilbao

It’s our great honour for Protei to participate the exhibition “Artists As Catalysts” was curated by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH in partnership with Alhondíga in Bilbao/Spain. Find all pieces and artists on
Artists As Catalysts - Alhondíga, Bilbao, 2013

Teaser on the EXPORT-site:
Alhóndiga Bilbao:

20130504 UNICEF innovation talking about scalability

“Everything we build in New York, fails”, heard it 3 times at the event. Rad.
If we want Protei, or any other intentionally meaningful technology to impact the life of the People, it’s got to scale, according to Erica Kochi and Christopher Fabian of UNICEF Innovation. Want to see more of them, or how these principles work? Here. Captured at Unreasonable At State, 2013 05 03 in Washington DC.

  1. Build for your user: Simple and cheap
  2. Technology is just 5% of the solution
  3. Things given get lost, things own stay with people
  4. Design for Scale
  5. Create sustainable system
  6. Build Open and Adaptable
  7. High-Level decisions are not made on precision of information

Principes for technology scalability in Developing world, UNICEF Innovation

Principes for technology scalability in Developing world, UNICEF Innovation

Principes for technology scalability in Developing world, UNICEF Innovation

Principes for technology scalability in Developing world, UNICEF Innovation

Principes for technology scalability in Developing world, UNICEF Innovation

Principes for technology scalability in Developing world, UNICEF Innovation

Principes for technology scalability in Developing world, UNICEF Innovation

Erica Kochi UNICEF

20130117 Sampling plastic debris in Hilo, Hawaii. Unreasonable Media Episode 2

Previous post on the same topic :

Special thanks to Dr Hank Carson, Dr Markus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, great meeting you all, and thanks for your guidance.

20130107 Day 1. Departure

There are some moments that are too beautifully strange to be described with words.

20130108getting onb board of MV explorer
Snapshot. It is 3 AM and I am playing basketball alone on top of one of the world fastest and most hygienic boat in the world, cruising speed between San Diego California and Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico.

20130108getting onb board of MV explorer
Screenshot. My name is Cesar Harada, 29, I am an Unreasonable at Sea Entrepreneur. With my colleague Gabriella Levine, we got on board of the MV Explorer, for a 106 days sailing journey around the world with 10 other entrepreneurs that want to change the world, 20 world class mentors, 50 scholars, 600 american students to sail across 14 countries.

Thanks for joining the voyage! I will do my best to document the journey and share with you this privileged experience. This trip will be translated in several languages, thanks to a magnificent crew of volunteers translators : Thank you! We have just boarded, and we haven’t started to work yet. I will explain discussions, people, places, work as it develops over the next few days. The last days have been intense, and “now” feels more surreal than ever before. To understand bit more what’s happening, let’s rewind the last 72 hours :

20130108getting onb board of MV explorer
Vancouver – Los Angeles – San Diego. A few hour ago, I was in the sky, in the narrow cabin of a 4 seat wide plane, flying above mega cities, distracted inspecting my wound.

Ooops butchered myself. 8 stitches please :)

A few hours earlier, I injured myself quite badly. As I brought a large wooden box for FedEx, I was asked – very last minute – to reduce the size of the wood crate I had just made. Working with a new and sharp wood saw just outside of FedEx in the dark and cold  streets of Vancouver Canada, I simply butchered myself. In my bad luck, I am always the luckiest : the husband of my girlfriend’s best friend is a doctor, he decorated me with 8 pretty stitches above my left hand thumb tendons.

Protei_010 shipping from Vancouver, Canada

This is the box, containing 3 – in progress- prototypes of Protei, the Open Hardware Shape Shifting Sailing Robot. Too big to travel with me, the box is being transported to Hilo Hawaii where we will pick it up in a few days as we cross the Pacific Ocean.
Protei_010 shipping from Vancouver, Canada

We will use these prototypes to demo our technology. At sea for the next few months we will be developing both the technology and the business strategy for Protei technology.

It is now 5 AM, everyone is asleep, everything is vibrating as our 1000 passengers boat gently rolls. I am sitting in the cantine of the ship, our vessel is moving fast, cutting steadily through the steamy waters. This is the beginning of an amazing journey. Sore eyes, and brutal expectations.

Protei around the world

I made these images to Promote Protei world tour with the Unreasonable at Sea :)
January to April 2013, Protei will sail all around the world and show up in these places. 2013 is going to be more than amazing for Protei and the Ocean.

Protei in San Diego

Protei in Hilo, Hawaii

Protei in Kobe, Japan

Protei in Shanghai

Protei in Singapore


Protei in Rangoon, Burma

Protei in Cochin, India

Protei in Port Louis, Mauritius

Protei in Cape Town, South Africa

Protei in Accra, Ghana

Protei in Casablanca, Morrocco

Protei in Barcelona, Spain

Protei in London, UK

Protei in Paris, France

Protei in New York, USA

Protei in San Francisco, USA

Protei in Berlin, Germany

Protei in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Protei in Oslo, Norway

Protei in Saint Malo, Britany, France

I made those images to be part of our sponsorship proposal (download here 8Mb). We are now looking for sponsors for Protei for 2013.
You can see and comment our version 20121106 here :
If you know someone, or a some big companies that could become Protei’s sponsors – please tell me, or even better, introduce me :



Network Growth Programming

Physical Social Network Programming

I have been continuing to research how physical social networks (made with people and strings) can be grown. In addition of the 7 basic network topologies – which I consider now as only a subset on network growth “instruction”- I listed 4 larger ensembles :

  • Behavioural Programming: Guiding people to form 1) Line, 2) Mesh, 3) Fully connected, 4) form groups.
  • Visual Programming: Asking a group of connected individuals to conform to prescribed geometrical figures.
  • Numerical Programming: Giving each single individual a set of simple instructions to apply regardless of other dynamics, and let these “naturally” interact.
  • Entropy: After having conducted these previous experiments, giving participants the instruction to do whatever they want with the string.

I have also updated the instruction set of instructions for the “Behavioural programming” here :

Warm up
Walk random patterns eyes open
Run random patterns with eyes open
Walk random patterns eyes closed
Run random patterns with eyes closed
Stand up still eyes open, look at others
Stand up still eyes closed, feel others
Stand up still eyes open, stand up on one leg
Stand up on one leg, close one eye. Close the second eye.
Spin in one direction until you get dizzy.
Spin the other direction until you cancel the dizziness.
Stand up still eyes open, look at others
Stand up still eyes closed, feel others

Linear Network (Line)
_ I pull one line and connect everybody.
Walk random patterns eyes closed
Run random patterns with eyes closed
Stand up still eyes closed, feel others
Stand up still eyes open, look at others

Mesh Network (Mesh)
_ I cut the line, disconnecting some, reconnecting others in a mesh.
Walk random patterns eyes closed
Run random patterns with eyes closed
Stand up still eyes closed, feel others
Stand up still eyes open, look at others

Fully Connected Network (Fully Connected)
_ I each and everyone.
Walk random patterns eyes closed
Run random patterns with eyes closed
Stand up still eyes closed, feel others
Stand up still eyes open, look at others

Community building (Segregation)
How do you feel?
We went through 3 different types of network topologies :
1) a line network
2) a mesh network
3) a fully connected network
Which one did you prefer / dislike? Why?
What defines a community? Why?
Now I will get back to giving a few more instructions.
_ Pause.
Stand up still eyes closed, feel others
Feel others with the strings.
Which strings do you like most? Which string would you rather drop.
Keep the strings you like, drop the strings you don’t feel comfortable holding.
Eyes closed, keep holding the strings, but now move freely, wherever you want to go.
When you feel you are in the right place, stop. Take your time.
When I will see more than half of you standing still, this will be the end of this part of the experiment.
_ Pause.
How do you feel?
What did you learn?
What did we learn as a group?
How could push this experiment further?

I will continue this research further later – that was just a research note – and a cool poster coming out of it :) Original files here (.ai .pdf .jpg). Do you know of any interesting references / books / pdfs about network growth / evolution / topologies? Thanks!


WEA - for Strathmore Uni, Nairobi

World Environment Action (WEA)
The world leaders cannot agree, we need to take actions. We do 3 things :
1 – a global map conecting environmental reports to people taking action.
2 – a project managment interface
3 – a visual forum to imagine what the World Environment Organization (WEO) could be. Solving one problem at the time together. Take action!

Unreasonable at Sea

Gabriella Levine and Cesar Harada have been selected to participate to the Unreasonable at sea for the Protei project.
Please watch the video above and you will understand why we are excited to be part of this great adventure. For several months on the sea, we will be in the company of some of the world most forward thinking entrepreneurs that will be our mentors. This is an immense honor for me and for the Protei Project and we will document this journey as well as possible to share this incredible privilege with the greatest number. You can see our dates of the travels and where we will stop on my time line.

View Unreasonnable at Sea in a larger map

Depart January 9 17:00
Arrive January 15 08:00
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Emoticon faces

That’s a silly video Gerard Rallo + Harry Vemeulen + Cesar Harada did back in 2009 at the Royal College of Arts – I just found it accidentally moments ago, and had a good laugh -again- :D

Social Geometry / Architecture of Play

Social Geometry Experiment 2008/11/13
Royal College of Arts, London, UK. About 7 people.

Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. About 10 people.

linear network
CCCB, Barcelona, Spain. About 35 people.

In the last years I have been exploring the relation between social networks and architecture. Or how we can embody social networks to understand them better, and why not generate a new type of architecture that would live through these changes and improve human interactions. I conducted these groups experiments

  • outside of the Royal College of Art, in Hyde Park, London UK.
  • Miller Galery at Carneggie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
  • CCCB Barcelona, Spain.
  • Workshop on “Environmental Governance,” Design & Environment, Goldsmiths University, London UK.
  • And I am looking for new groups of people interested in exploring this in different cultural contexts.


The fact is that the therm social Geometry has been in used since 1976 by the American Prof. of Social Science Donald Black in the book “The Behavior of Law”. A well written and concise wikipedia article presents the matter. Some attribute the origins of Social Geometry to the works of Georg Simmel , Emile Durkheim or Pierre Bourdieu. However D. Black approach seems to take into account clear variables that are “usable” more directly in the generation of physical social networks :
  • horizontal/morphological (the extent and frequency of interaction among participants)
  • vertical (the unequal distribution of resources)
  • corporate (the degree of organization, or of integration of individuals into organizations)
  • cultural (the amount and frequency of symbolic expressions)
  • and normative (the extent of previously being the target of social control)

Extending the legacy

Black refers to this multi-dimensional amalgam as “social space“. My personal interest is to temporarily dissolve these “social controllers” and let them re-emerge and reconfigure in large-scale choreographic experiments, in the form of ephemeral architecture, that I call “Architecture of Play.

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In the illustration above, you can see different stages to the generation of a social network :

  1. randomly moving disconnected individuals
  2. Linear network : one line connecting all actors.
  3. Branched Network
  4. Complex Network
  5. Voronoi Cells
  6. Arches
  7. Membranes

And as constructed model :

random  branched network complex network making of approximate voronoi cells voronoi cells -> arches voronoi cells -> arches-nb Arches, crystalizing social networks voronoi cells -> arches Architecture of play, arches in construction Architecture of play, arches in construction architecture of play in the garden Architecture of Play

Essentially we’re doing the same thing as the video above, Delauney triangulation :

A simple set of instruction to generate complex behaviors and networks

instructions social geometry

These were the simple choreographic instructions I would give to the group. Updated instructions here.

Network Topography & Topologies (computer Sciences)

Network Topologies

The study of network topology recognises eight basic topologies:[5]

  • Point-to-point
  • Bus
  • Star
  • Ring or circular
  • Mesh
  • Tree
  • Hybrid
  • Daisy chain
But every single topology can be arranged in a way that tells a totally different story in the context of human architecture.
6 module structure, floating garden research

Complexity, Function & Play

Needless is to say that networks are not formed arbitrarily.
The exemple below is a neural network.  On the left : INPUTS, on the right : a single OUTPUT.

Neural Network

Where more complex networks might provide multiple answers simultaneously :


And this is an network of human contributors to a wikipedia article : many to one.

Gloabl Warming WIki Network

This is the physical reality of our information network, the internet:

Cisco Internet map

And this how the internet sees itself, as data nodes:
Map of the Internet

In fact the best resource I found to be up to date about visualisation of complex network is

Visual Complexity

Formation, growth, Reconfiguration, Resilience and Decay

Based on the 7 basic network topologies, I made some sketches of network growth. Really rough at this stage :

This is how I assigned the colours to different network topologies.

I designed 7 main ways of giving instructions to have people develop specified network topologies:

Physical Social Network Programming


Social network growth ” “5 years of Linux kernel development in Git” – Teaser”

The Connected States of America, MIT SenseableCityLab :

TrashTrack, MIT Senseable City Lab:

Non-human networks (visual inspiration)

Neural growth :

Barabassi Lab

Controlability of Complex Networks, Mauro Martino

Self Organisation :

Ensembles growth :

Network Growth animation :

Characterisation of Node (people) & Connections (lines)

  • Male / Female
  • Young / Old
  • Big / small
  • White / black / other
  • variations in activity
  • variation in “attractiveness”
  • variation in character : shy / outgoing
  • Long / short
  • Tensed / loose
  • stiff / elastic
  • White / coloured / bright
  • Immaterial / Material
  • Soft / hard
Small to Big
  • bathroom {closed}
  • bedroom
  • dinner room / kitchen
  • living room
  • terrace {open}
  • street
  • avenue
  • square
  • forest
  • open field
  • mountain
  • sea
  • outer space
By combining a variety of characters, types of lines and environment, we can produce an infinity of narratives.


Intimacy -> global network

Poking in the internet

Young and Old

breaking Social Boundaries

French romance

Love Distant call


Psychology of Space